Ahmad Sampang ibnu Hajiri, MD

A Personal blog by a Tausug medical student (now a doctor!) from Sulu and the stories that inspired him.
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August 31. One month after our first clerkship rotation in Pediatrics. What had happened so far and what have I learned? Perhaps a lot more than I expected. Certainly more than those bio-medico-socio shiz they taught us in the lecture rooms for three years (which most of them I already forgot by the way). All I can say perhaps is "Indeed, clerkship is a different level of academic learning." It drains not just your intellectual being, but more of your emotional and physical energy. 

Exhausting. That is the single word that can describe clerkship. At least on this first rotation. They say Pediatrics, as one of the Big Fours in PGH (together with IM, Surgery and OB) is one of the hardest and exhausting rotations. And guess what? We just survived it! Alhamdulillah!

I wasn't able to update this blog during my stay in the wards, mostly due to the limited time I have to focus on writing sensible post. A lot of things happened the past 3 weeks and most of them were too heavy for me to talk about. For now lemme share what I learned during my 2 week stay in Ward 11.

Admission: Welcome to Ward 11

As I may have mentioned in the past posts, during clerkship in Pediatrics, the whole block of clerks (16 students) rotating in this department will be divided into 3 groups: wards (8 students), PER (4) and NICU (4). My group already finished our turn in PER and NICU durign the first two weeks and so our last two was spent in the wards. The 8 students will then be assigned to 2 different wards: Ward 9  and Ward 11, both under the department of Pediatrics. 

Ward 9 composed of GenPed 1 (mostly cardio patients), GenPed 2 (GI) and Hema-Onco while Ward 11 has GenPed 3 (Renal) and GenPed 4 (Pulmo, Endo, etc) and Neuro. But as I observed during my stay in Ward 11, this is not always as strict as it sounds. We  have a new Hema-Onco service right at the Ward 11 wing, so H-O rotators are staying with Ward 11 as well. We also have cardio patients (GenPed1) with concomitant pulmo problems (GenPed 4), and so there are always some overlaps in terms of service doing the patient care. As confusing as it may seem, one will have to try to get used to it one way or the other.

I was assigned to Ward 11, GenPed 4 and most of my patients are Pulmo patients. I was assigned with a total of 6 patients during my 2 weeks stay as an SIC (Student in Charge).

 SIC (Student in Charge)

As a Pedia clerk, we were assigned with a number of patients that we will take charge of. We will be their Students in Charge (SIC) and as such, we are responsible for everything that our Resident in Charge (RIC)'s orders--RICs are Pediatricians from the same service. Being a Pedia clerk is simply like being an intern: you all do almost the same jobs as SICs. Of course being in the "higher rank" among the group, they are the ones who usually guide us when we needed help especially on our first few days doing SIC works. 

So what are SIC works anyway? It comes in different tasks or to-dos. As an SIC, you are responsible in making sure that all the orders that your RIC have in the charts are being done (by you of course!). You get the necessary diagnostics, you follow-up the results, you make sure your patients are getting what they need. You are also assigned to report new results, your new findings to your RICs. And when a patient is "endorsable", you are also the one to report/endorse the case to the POD (Pediatrician on Duty). Seems too heavy a task right? Don't worry, on your first few days, your interns and RICs will help you out during those hard times (especially endorsements).

A great tip from an intern: Really get to know your patients. As an SIC, the first thing you need to do is get to know your patients upon receiving their case. Read their charts, understand the history and current impressions (diagnoses) they have, if you are up to it, study their condition/disease. Meet the patient and his/her guardian, introduce yourself on the first day, build rapport and if you can, get as much necessary information you would need that are not written in the charts. Visit them everyday, ask about their course, make them feel you are there to help. If you have good relations with your patients and their parents, things will go the easier way. You will find this very helpful during your stay in the wards.

During my 2 weeks stay in Ward 11, I had a total of 6 patients. The first 2 were both toxic ingestion cases, both of them were intubated (connected to mechanical ventilators). After 3-5 days, Alhamdulillah, their conditions became better and soon enough they were discharged :) The rest of my patients are either PCAP, PTB patients, and one was a chronic HepB patient.(Don't worry, we are extra areful in handling communicable diseases)

Anyway, on my last day I only have 3 patients left. The other 3 were discharged in good condition. No mortality under my care, Alhamdulillah. (although I had a number of pretty horrible experiences in the ward during my duty days (-_-) 

Charting and other paperworks

Aside from ordering laboratory tests, SICs are also allowed to write incoming and out-going entries on patient charts. Awesome isn't it! You are now doing what real doctors are doing ^_^ just like a legit MD. 

Well, honestly, at first it feels cool... but then after doing a lot of paperworks, you will soon find yourself spending too much time writing on charts and other paper-works that you already consider it exhausting! Nevertheless, as doctors working hard to treat our patients, these are just a few little tasks that must be done.

Among those papers that a clerk must learn to fill up are: referral forms, discharge summary, clinical abstracts, the endorsement sheet (aka FRICHMON) etc. Ask your interns about this, they are always more than willing to help.


Losing patients :(

Perhaps among the most painful lessons I had in the wards is summarized in this statement by a duty-mate:
" When a patient enters Ward 11 (or 9), he or she has only two ways to get out: as a discharged patient or as a mortality."
Indeed I found these statement so true. Every now and then, we would lose a number of patients. And this place where life and death is in a constant battle, one can not simply escape from the depressing atmosphere that drains your energy in and out. Urggh sorry, I think I cannot talk about these things for now -_- perhaps on another occasion in sha Allah.

s/p Clerkship in Pediatrics

After that one exhausting month in Pediatrics, I have learned a lot of things which I never expected during my first few years in Medschool. I had this realization on how seriously hard this path I have chosen. It was never a joke in the first place. After losing a number of patients, it woke me up to this grave realization that hey, this is our patients' lives at stake! How could you be so irresponsible!

 Uggh sorry. My mind is still on a meshwork of mess.

For now, Alhamdulillah, we are done with our first one-month rotation in Pediatrics. Our next stop is Family medicine. And as an farewell remark to Pediatrics, allow me to ask for your prayers that may all our patients in PGH be given more strength to fight and be healed and become strong one day. Ameen!

Salam Kasilasa!
-Ahmad ibn Hajiri
Bismillah

(Originally posted Sept 8, 2013 on my FB Page)

It has been some time since I wrote about my beloved hometown, Sulu. So I decided to fill-up the holes of long absence with some fun facts about my place. In this post we will be talking about one of the grandest landmarks in Sulu: Bud Tumantangis (Bud or Buwd means Mountain). This is going to be a bit long, so kindly bear with me until the end. I will make sure that this post is worth your time reading. 

Bud Tumantangis, is the highest peak in the Sulu mainland. It is located in the Indanan-Patikul boundary, Sulu. It is surrounded by green forests and farmlands.

Aside from just being a magnificent sight in the place, it also served as an icon, a “unique landmark” among the Tausugs which they identified with their homeland: Sulu. Every single settler, visitor or traveler in Sulu would know which and where is Bud Tumantangis. If a common seafarer comes home from a long journey at the sea, simply looking for this familiar mountain is his assurance of going back home. In fact for the Tausugs, this mountain had already become the equivalent of the word “home”. Just like Japan having Mt. Fuji, or London with the Big Ben, or Paris with the Eiffel Tower, and USA with the Statue of Liberty. Sulu has Bud Tumantangis.

It is also a mountain full of mystique. A number of Tausug folklores mention about the presence of mystical creatures appearing in the deep forests of Bud Tumantangis. There were also a number of versions of legends as to how Bud Tumantangis came into existence. Even its name “Tumantangis” (tangis is “cry”) remain to be one of the unsolved mysteries even to the mountain dwellers themselves, leave alone to someone who is new to the place. And due to its majestic presence and its popularity to the people, stories, poems, novels and songs about this mountain are not uncommon.

But Why “Crying” Mountain?

For its name, the Tausug word “tangis” is the equivalent of the English “cry” or “to cry”.  The term “Tuman-“ on the other hand has no equivalent meaning, both in Bahasa Sug or in English (as far as my little knowledge in language is concerned). But there were a number of theories as to why it was called “Tumantangis”.

The Weeping Women Theory


There was a story about a mother crying with despair after her son did not recognized her, or tried to forget her, because she got old and wrinkled and became a poor beggar. She cried and prayed to God to punish that son for what he did, and disastrous calamity occurred that day, sparing all the people but the son and the mother. And after the calamity the majestic mountain stood there where the mother asked for the punishment in tears. For a longer version of the story, click here.

Another story was about two lovers separated by the feudal war of their families. Things got worse, the guy was killed and the girl promised not to cry over this. She died in her room the next night still, with her eyes dry of tears. When her family decided to bury her, her grave turned into what we now know as Bud Tumantangis. I do not have a longer version of this story as I only heard it once.
Those were two different versions of perhaps many more versions about the existence of Bud Tumantangis and why was it amusingly called that way. Two things are common in the story: 1) the word “cry” was the main content of the story; 2) the weeping (or not-weeping) women were the source of the mountain’s existence.  Of course, these two are just products of fiction.

The Travelers’ Sojourn Theory

Although both stories above are great points of interest, there’s another theory yet that is perhaps more authentic and far more convincing than the two legends mentioned above. I’ll call it “The Travelers’ Theory” and it is still in fact applicable today. This theory is also what I tell my friends from other places when they ask “why crying mountain”? And it all boils down to History, Navigation and Geography (Yes, you heard me right).

The Tausugs are known in the pages of history as great travelers of the sea. Even before the Sulu Sulatanate was established the Tausugs have already learned to use the vast blue sea that surrounds them to their advantage. From then on, until this very date, the “sea” had always been part of the life of a Tausug. Before the era of conquest and until the American era, the only means of travelling to and from Sulu is by sea. Vintas, bangkas, boats, and prahus were used by the locals from just catching fish to defending their territory from the conquestadors. And although advance navigation was still lacking on those time, the people of Sulu never gets afraid of going far from their homeland for one thing. They have a marker, something they can identify their “home” is near, the highest peak in the island which is Bud Tumantangis.

Being the highest peak in the land, Bud Tumantangis is the last thing a traveler will see from his home upon embarking on a far journey. And its peak is also among the first thing seafarers would see upon coming back home. And as these journeys would usually take them months to years (then) before they can come back, tears are expected when they finally set sail. Then on, until the day that they will return to this land, tears of longing will creep through the eyes of these brave warriors. And being brave warriors of the sea, and with the wrong assumption that men should never cry, each warrior must try to prevent those tears from coming (or else his pride as a Tausug will be at stake). But even the brave warriors of the sea, cannot hold those tears from coming out, be it due to great sadness from separating from their homeland or of great joy of seeing their home once more.

“To prevent form crying” can be translated into Bahasa Sug as “Tumahan sin Tangis” or “Tumahan tangis”. (and later on, probably it transformed and became Tumantangis, which is the present name of the mountain).

Even to date, every time a Tausug would travel far away or comes back to Sulu from a long journey, seeing that familiar mountain never fails to make their eyes (or at least their heart) teary from longing and love, even how much they try to “prevent it”. And thus this mountain which makes every Tausug cry is actually “a mountain to prevent from crying for” and not “the crying mountain”.

To Sum it all up
(Yes, I still have something to say. Haha.)

The great Bud Tumantangis still stands tall today with great pride in taking part along with his people, the Tausugs, the struggles they had been through, ages and ages since. This mountain had indeed lived to its name as the “crying mountain” or “the mountain to cry for” (or not to cry for), as she had witnessed all the sufferings her people had underwent the past decades and centuries. She had also been a great icon for the Tausugs. Her unwavering strength serves as a symbol for the Tausugs to stay strong and firm and still remain standing amidst all the devastating storms that may come. To raise and stand tall, and reach for the sky that seems so far for us to reach. And to accept the fact that even brave souls have to cry…That even great warriors must have the courage to say “I am weak”.
Bud Tumantangis on my last visit to Sulu (c) June 2015

To my fellow Tausugs (who also survived reading this long post), I challenge you all to look back to where our people had been; what they have been through; what they are going through right now. Remember where we came from, and never to forget what had happened in the past and never forget even those seemingly tragic past we had. Instead, let us learn from them and never let them happen again. We were once a great country. We had done it once and survived for centuries. There is no reason why we can’t do it once again. Maybe not now, but in due time, we will In shaa Allah. Let us all be united in heart and in action. Let us not put all those tears we shed into waste. Let us show Bud Tumantangis, that all those tears of despair every soul had shed are worth crying for. By then, in shaa Allah, we don’t have to shed tears of pain anymore, but tears of success… where this crying mountain rests…

With tears,Ahmad ibn Hajiri


 Assalamu Alaykum! (Peace be upon you!)

Alhamdulillah, my first week as a clinical clerk is almost over (as of this writing hehe). And I am done with one-fourth of my first rotation: Pediatrics Emergency Room (Pedia ER).  As I may have mentioned in my revious post, Clerks are supposed to rotate for one month under Pediatrics which is subdivided further into 3 departments/services: Wards 9 or 11, Pedia ER and NICU (Neonatal ICU). My group was assigned under PER for our first week.

I honestly enjoyed rotating in PER for several reasons. First are the Pedia residents. They are all cool and fun to be with, they always have time to laugh around and be happy with simple things even with all those toxicities they have; they are always ready help and teach us students with essential knowledge and concepts in pedia especially on resuscitation. We even had a session of QnA while resuscitating a patient! Awesome! They are always approachable ad can understand us clerks who are most of the time failing to do our procs that well on our first week :P

Second on the list are our awesome interns! They say your toxicity on duty will also depend on whose team of interns you will be working with. Fortunately we were with an awesome team on their last week at Pedia. Even though most of them only knew our names during our first duty, they were always ready to lend a hand without making you feel bad asking for one. They are also willing to help and teach us improve our procs. Really, thank you awesome BLOCK _ (Chu, Jess, Alex, Shaima, and the rest ^_^), you guys really deserved to be mentioned!



Patients in Pedia ER are so small you have to be so extra delicate in taking care of them

It's here when I finally understood what these mean! haha


Bata = Pedia
Bata lang po ang sa Pedia, bawal mga 19 above



And yep! Was finally able to use my trodat under "DOCTOR'S SIGNATURE AND TRODAT"



We also attend lectures and conferences every morning to further enhance our knowledge and skills

Of course, my awesome group-mates are worthy of mention as well: Karl, Lorvin and Byen. We are not always on-duty on the same days but having a team that tells you what to do and what not to do, who keeps you on tab on what’s happening around to keep your life easier is just a-w-e-s-o-m-e! Certainly, the field Medicine was never meant to be a one-man profession: it’s a field of team work! And it could never be more fun without a team this cool and awesome! ^_^ I will be working with these 3 for another 3 weeks. Looking forward to it!

Assalamu Alaykum! (Peace be upon you!)

 Today, our Integrated Clinical Clerkship II a.k.a. "The Slave Trade" officially started. I still can't believe it's already begun, my fourth and second-to-the-last year in Med School. *Spine chills* If this is still a dream, I really have to wake up.

We will be rotating first under the Department of Pediatrics, one of the "Big Four" departments in the Med School World. We will be staying with them for 4 weeks: each student must rotate for a week in Pedia ER, another week in NICU (Neonatal ICU/ Baby Catcher in the Labor Room) and two weeks in one of the two Pedia Wards (9 and 11). 

I am with the Pedia ER group. At first it actually thrilled me: "Oh yeah! First day of clerkship and it's already under ER! Things about to get real!". 

And yet my first day as a Clerk was not that eventful as expected. After the release of the ever-changing schedule, I was the fortunate (or the unfortunate) one to be stationed under "Post-Duty" on our first day! It means I won't be doing much today. (will explain why this is so important, later). Anyway, I would have to save all the excitement (and anxiety) for tomorrow on my real pre-duty. I hope it would be as high yield as how I would expect it to be. I have to prepare myself as well for this, yes.

For now, let me just type in and share some observations I had as a newly anointed clerk in PGH.
(see? I had that much time in a day to think about these things while working on my Immersion report, buying medical stuffs I need and paying my overdue bills!)

What Changed now that I am a Clerk?

1. Duty, Pre-Duty, Post-Duty:  
My everyday life now is defined with only three days: Pre-duty, on-duty and Post-duty. What you do during those three days depends on what rotation and in what service you are assigned. For example, if you are under PER, during Pre-Duty you will monitor  vital signs and do necessary lab procedures (aka procs) to all old patients from 7AM to 5PM. Non-Stop. This also applies when you are assigned in the Wards. Pre-duty works for NICU is different: you will only chart 3 neonates and then report one selected cases by the afternoon. You can go home after your presentation.

If you are On-duty on the other hand, you will be the Student-in-charge (SIC) of some patients, you will also be the one receiving new incoming patients, do their proper history and PEs, prepare all papers they need (oh the horrible number of those papers to be filled up!) and endorse them as well to the next SIC by the end of your duty. This only apply on PER and Ward duties. NICU/Catcher duty have an essentially the same role (receiving new patients) with the added bonus of catching newborns and helping in resuscitating them as well. You are supposed to be on your post from 7AM to 7AM the next day for both ward and NICU duty. This is the real 24 hour duty. (But for our group, we were somehow able to divide the PER duty into AM Duty (7AM-7PM) and PM Duty (7PM-7AM) with two different student clerks for each duty. Cool huh?
 
The post-duty does not always mean "rest day" as how it supposed to be. You are still required to attend patient endorsements at 4:30PM the next day of your duty for wards. It is only in NICU duty and PER duty that you can go home an asleep after you've done all your backlog procedures in PER or do charting in NICU.

2. Back to Seven O'
For the past three years, I got used to the 8 o'clock schedule of lectures, conferences and even exams (with the notable exception of OBGYN rotation during ICC year). We even get some rare chances of delaying it for another hour or two... And we still get a number of tardy students coming to class with that? (including me, sorry :p) And now we are back to the conventional "beginning" of the day: 7AM.
 
This won't change much for those waking up at the early wee hours, but this is surely a frightening change for those who wake up 20 minutes before class. No, stop looking at me! I'm a changed man alright!
 
3. The Spaced-out faces
During my first two years in Med School, I noticed one horrible thing that happens to those I met and knew in Med School upon entering the world of clerkship: They never recognize you anymore! I would at times find myself greeting and waving cheerfully at this once-a-funny-guy-now-a-very-grim person and receive nothing but a blank stare. Hello! Are you there?! It just makes me wonder what clerkship can do to a person to change that drastically! So, I made a promise then not to go that horrible path. 
And yet here I am now, barely starting my first day and I found myself on that same situation again but now in a different role: I am now the one not responding to my juniors greetings and friendly waves. I would just smile or nod. As much as I wanted to strike some random conversation, I am just stuck midway, feeling awkward because of a frightening thought that lingers in my mind: "What was his/her name again?" haha! It will just be another awkward moment. So I would rather just pretend to be busy or look far away with a blank face than call a individual with made-up names.
So yeah, to all those LU5 to (future) LU3 students that will receive my blank stare, just understand that I just forgot your name. Was it Ramon? Rogelio? haha. *Space-out*

3. The Big Bombs
The realization of being a clerk is also an atomic bomb as well to your carefree self. You just woke up from all those fretful dreams that you are still a baby ICC student that everyone will treat kindly andd forgive whenever you commit mistake. You realize everything is about to get real dead serious starting this year! That you will be on your own now without your buddies to back you up when you stutter over an answer to a quick question from a consultant! Deym! hat have I done with those 3 years in Med school, you ask yourself everyday... Every. Single. Day.

Day Zero: To prepare us for whatever that is about to come, one of the interns (the guy in black shirt at the back) met with us and gave some invaluable tips on how to survive the first few weeks of clerkship. Talk about being excited eh? 

 
Another big bomb is that fear of doing things you know you are supposed to have learned in the past but now you are just unsure if you really did learn anything at all! After all those horrible trainings and after two months of not doing it, you already feel like a newly hatched duckling: fresh, naive, unskilled. really, you just have to test it and revive those skills you learned in the past. You just have to convince yourself that you can do it hehe.

Of course this one is one of the most painful bombs of all: NO MORE WEEKENDS :( :( :( I really hate this news. Weekends are the only remaining human things we have and they also took them away! huhuhu! Oh well, what's the use of whining here. The clerks in the past survived without it, so we can do it as well right? (Good news: Some rotations have free weekends! Yeay!)

4. The Stash
We also started buying lots of equipments for our procs during duty works. I have to orient myself again and again about which top to use for which lab test. A personal reminder, stashes are not personal items but shared items. DO NOT HOARD! LEARN TO SHARE!
 
We are also now entitled to use our own trodats! Yeay! True that! ahaha. Got my own trodat for P250 with my name, the beloved college and hospital with the PGH logo (see above photo). Will surely be using this for years (hopefully).

5. FREE MEALS!
If there are free perks of being a Clerk, it's the free meals in Mess Dining Hall during on-duty. Be warned though, you have to bring your own utensils and water bottles. They also lock the doors after meal times so you have to go find other entrances just to get your free food (assuming there are still left for you). I found the "secret entrance" today thanks to two of my friends from the other departments hehe.

6. Here comes the Sun!
As the poor network connection in the PGH is still unresolved: the ever mysterious vortex of nothingness that dissipates all mobile networks with the sole exception of one, Sun Cellular Mobile. All students who will start working (or living) in PGH will have to switch to Sun Cell Sim Card unless he or she is ready to risk not receiving important information (and hopes of passing med school) in that vortex as well. Maybe a dual sim phone would be a better choice. Or maybe not.

last note:

Isn't it better to call the 4th year Med Students as JUNIOR MEDICAL INTERNS than CLINICAL CLERKS? Just sayin'.

Signing off!

Now-a-clerk,
Ahmad


It came as a surprise to everyone in Mindanao State University-Sulu Laboratory High School (MSU-Sulu LHS). The old, ugly and almost neglected façades of the Grades 7 and 10 were transformed into newly repaired and repainted ones in just one weekend! Only a few knew about what happened and who were those behind it. And those who have no idea where left amazed and yes, surprised.

This was how it was planned, and just as how we wanted it to be. The First MSU-Sulu LHS Alumni “Give-Back” project was the first ever project done by the high school alumni for their alma mater without soliciting even a single centavo from their school. It was a spur-of-the-moment event that started from just mere concern for their beloved alma mater to a sudden, successful project, Alhamdulillah.

Yes, we started from nothing. It started with the statement “This makes us sad, what can we do?” to “Yes, maybe we can do something small first” until “Let us make it happen then!”. At first, we only thought we could only do the repainting (estimated expenses at Php 3,000) and yet, Alhamdulillah, after two short days, we were able to do far more than that! We were able to receive more than Php 15,000 (!) from different donors and these were the things that we were able to accomplish:

1.       Repaired and repainted the rotten and destroyed fascia board “sanipa” of the Grade 10 building
2.       Repainted the Grade 7 building
3.       Repainted the Grade 10 building
4.       Repaired some destroyed walls 


Kah Noenyrie Asiri (one in white shirt) handing the plywood to replace the old fascia boards.  (Photo from N.Asiri)

Trying to remember our Chemistry class on how to mix paints. (Photo from N.Asiri)
Oh, everyone went through the Vandal Wall at the back of Grade 10 building. Sorry guys, gotta say bye-bye to your love ones. (Photo from N.Asiri)
Volunteers working together to finish the job in one day. (Photo from N.Asiri)
Cleaning up the walls before repainting. (Photo from N.Asiri)

Of course, lunch must be served! Nothing beats a feastive lunch after a long, exhausting work. (Photo from N.Asiri)

Atty. Meltino Sibulan (standing, leftmost) the President of the MSU-Sulu LHS Alumni Association discussed matters with the Principal, the DSA Chairman, the Librarian, the volunteers and the carpenter. More projects are being planned right now, Alhamdulillah! (Photo from N.Asiri)


 
Starting the repainting of newly replaced fascia boards (sanipa), showing the alumni volunteers how it's done. (Photo from N.Asiri)
  

Dr. Abdurajak, the Principal stayed with us until we finished everything. Such a great father he is. Photo by A.Hajiri


The Principal surveys the newly repainted Grade 7 (First year) building. Photo by A.Hajiri
The Grade 7 building before repair and repainting. Photo by A.Hajiri


The newly repaired and repainted Grade 10 (Fourth year) building. Looks better now. I am sure the students will be surprised. Photo by A.Hajiri

This was how it looks like before... so depressing right?
Photos by A.Hajiri
 


The exhausted yet very fulfilled Alumni volunteers strikes a pose with the Principal after their long day working. Their finished work at the background. (Photo by A.Hajiri)
 

Indeed our greatest thanks to all those who helped out and made this humble project a success—given the short time of planning (3 hours) we had. Indeed this taught us as Alumni that what we need is just a headstart, a little push at the back and things will roll on its own through Allah’s help. Even if we contribute little things at the start, if we are united and we all do it with great sincerity to help and not asking for anything in return, surely He will make things easy for us. All praise is indeed to Allah!

It is our pleasure somehow to mention these names (although most of them insist that we don’t) who made this project possible:


1.      Atty. Meltino Sibulan, batch 1997 and current President of the MSU-Sulu LHS Alumni Association. He never hesitated in providing whatever we need from buying the paints and painting materials, he even gave more than what he should have. And we know his time (as an attorney at that) is so precious to him and yet he was always ready to give us a part of them, just for the sincere intention of helping to his beloved alma mater. Indeed he is one person that is worth being inspired with.
2.      Kah Noenyrie Asiri, my “partner-in-crime” for this sudden project. My adviser and partner in crime hehe. He mobilized the recruitment of volunteers (USCC), the delicious tiyapa ista' and keeping us updated with the "now happenings". Please keep on supporting all his projects.
3.      The very generous Alumni of MSU-Sulu LHS who are now working in the far, faraway places and yet their hearts remain with us at home.
4.      The United Sulu Chess Club (USCC) who volunteered to help from day 1 even though they were not alumni themselves
 5.      To kah Ameera Omar, for cooking the tiyapa for us
6.      To maam Misba Musahari (my beloved mother), who prepared our lunch and snacks (apam mapasuh pa hehe)--important things that a naive person like me would always forget.
7.      To Sir Said, our next Principal who never gets tired in making things happen for our beloved alma mater. He never stops thinking about things to make our school a better place, physically and academically. He stayed with us for that two long days, he even helped out even though he is fasting! masha Allah.
8.      To Sir John and the SSGs, for letting us borrow their equipments and helping out as well (when they realized we cannot do it alone anymore, hehe)
9.      To all the young Alumni from different batches who came and physically helped. Iyulanan na hiyapdi-hiyapdian pa, sa wayra sila nag-give-up laung. Magsukul tuud kaniyu mga manghud. Amuna sa yan in legacy kiyabiyn niyu be proud, paibuga niyu in mga way naka-attend hehe.
Magsukul kaniyu katan. In sha Allah ha susungun project isab, mammayan labi mataud pa in makaagad. Iban magsukul ha pagTrust niyu ha taymanghud niyu ini. Alhamdulilah, misan inut2 yan na nagmumpaat in miyaksud sin kitaniyu anak-bata sin MSU Lab high.

Even if we are miles away, we can always be proud to say: "I AM AN MSU-LABHIGH ALUMNI!"



Financial Statement
I. Pledges and Donations (all received)
Name, Batch
Amount
Atty. Meltino Sibulan, 1997
P 3,000
Ms. Proserfina Hassan, 1997
 5,000
Noenyrie Asiri, 1998
2,000
Anonymous, 2007
1,000
Anonymous, 2007
1,000
Mrs. Ibbang, 1986
200
Mustapa I. Bakil, 1997
2,100
(Non-Alumni)
Dr. Raden Ikbala
500
Said Abdurajak, PhD (Principal)
500
TOTAL
Php 15,300.00

II. Expenses
Name, Batch
Amount
Inclusions/Notes
Materials for repair and repainting of fascia board
P 8,680.00
construction materials, paints, etc.
Material for repainting of 2 buildings (Grades 7 and 10)
3, 697.00
paints, paint brushes, thinners, etc.s
Carpenter Labor for 2 days
1,000.00

TOTAL
Php 13, 377.00

Funds
Php 15, 300.00

Balance
Php 1, 923.00
(turned over to the next Project Head)

III. ALUMNI AND VOLUNTEERS who went to help in the repainting
(No payments nor allowances for them save for the snacks and lunch provided by another loving donor, the “Mother” Librarian, Mrs Misba Sampang)
Name
Batch
Atty. Meltino Sibulan, 1997
P 3,000
Ms. Proserfina Hassan, 1997
 5,000
Noenyrie Asiri, 1998
2,000
Anonymous, 2007
1,000
Anonymous, 2007
1,000
Mrs. Ibbang, 1986
200
Mustapa I. Bakil, 1997
2,100
(Non-Alumni)
Dr. Raden Ikbala
500
Said Abdurajak, PhD (Principal)
500
TOTAL
Php 15,300.00

MAGSUKUL TUUD KANIYU KATAN!

In sha Allah, we are hoping that this is only the start of a greater project the Alumni have for our beloved alma mater. This is just the beginning. A “Phase one” of a series of many more projects to come. In fact, this coming weekend (August 1-2, 2015) we will be continuing with the “Alumni Give Back Project Part 2” focusing on repairing the falling ceilings outside the same buildings. (too bad I would no longer be in Jolo by then).
We may do this little by little, because our funds are limited and subject to the number of available “donors” from our generous alumni ^_^ still, this is indeed a one big step for us, Alhamdulillah!
By this time, whenever we are right now, we can easily say that we are “PROUD TO BE AN MSU-LABHIGH ALUMNI!”

Salam Kasilasa!
Ahmad ibn Hajiri

PS.
If you are an MSU-SULU LHS ALUMNUS/ALUMNA or you know anyone who is, kindly visit and joing our FB Group here. If you are not an alumnus/alumni and yet you want to know how you can help, please kindly PM sir Noenyrie Asiri (the current Project head) in his FB account here.
 


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